TTFM: Summer ’99 Lesser Knowns

7-7-1999, Charlotte, NC (

Summer ’99 was the third summer in a row in which Phish expounded on groove-based playing. With Mike in the middle, throughout this summer they began to sculpt their millennial sound that would carry them through the year. The band moved into a more layered, drone and hypnotic style of play, as Trey favored harder-edged guitar with sheets of sound and dissonant, effect-laden soundscapes that veered from the center-stage soloing of summers past. Phish cranked out a ton of highlights during their month-long jaunt, and many of them are household jams at this point. But for today’s playlist, I assembled some of the less talked about jams from another Summer ’99. Worcester awaits…


Bathtub Gin” 6.30.99 I, Bonner Springs, KS

The very first song of summer blossomed into a 20-minute, ambient-laced affair.



Down With Disease > Caspian” 7.1.99 II, Nashville, TN

This jam took place while an impending storm zeroed in on Nashville. Once the band splashed into the following “YEM” jam, the skies opened and the place got hit with a deluge.



Split Open and Melt” 7.26.99 II, Noblesville, IN

The last jam of the US tour from the final set of Deer Creek.



Fee” 7.8.99 I, Va. Beach, VA

A second-song monster from Virginia Beach.



Antelope” 7.3.99 II, Atlanta, GA

A scorching, mid-set rendition from Lakewood.



2001 > Misty Mountain Hop” 7.20.99 II, Toronto, ON

This set-closing combo punctuated of Phish’s quick stop north of the border.



Ghost” 7.20.99 I, Toronto, ON

Possibly the only Summer ’99 “Ghost” that isn’t well known at this point. Mike anchors the band with outlandish rhythmic calisthenics from the get-go in this first-setter.



Tweezer -> Catapult -> Tweezer” 7.24.99 II, E.Troy, WI

While not exactly dark-horse, Alpine’s thick and looped-out “Tweezer” has always lived in the shadows of Camden’s masterpiece and Oswego’s standout version. And what’s a playlist without a “Tweezer?”



Birds of a Feather” 7.23.99 II, Columbus, OH

An exploratory beast that came amidst a heavy-hitting second set at Polaris.



David Bowie” 7.4.99 I, Atlanta, GA

This “Bowie” closed the first set of July 4th on its highest point before Phish came out and threw down a monster second.



YEM” 7.7.99 II, Charlotte, NC

This groove-centric “YEM” capped one of my favorite start-to-finish sets of summer.

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500 Responses to “TTFM: Summer ’99 Lesser Knowns”

  1. angryjoggerz Says:

    Sumodie, have you heard Directions yet? Cool album.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    Do you think kids on tour this summer are going to smoking bath salts and eating each others faces off in the show?


  3. MiA Says:

    All night long (Lionel Ritchie)

    HR executives are taking their panties off. It’s crazy here.


  4. sumodie Says:

    Congrats to the newest of the new BB Dads, Rooster

    as well as to Gcub (is that 2 or now 3?) – great news

  5. thedayman Says:

    great game here. defensive battle. i think it’s so lame the douches who trim the playoff beards into goatees. l00zers.

  6. joe Says:

    Bunch of fertile m’effers in the bb stable. Congrats to all. And Congrats to me making it (almost) to my weekend. 5 more working days till Phish! (Sat-Wed)

  7. sumodie Says:

    Miles’ Directions? No

    I’m waay behind on my Miles listening -guess I’m finally ready to dive deeper

    Agharta is incredible to say the least. And I’m only on track 1

  8. thedayman Says:

    devils are owning this ot period. they’re gonna capitalize soon on the kings mistakes, they’re playing sloppy and tired.

  9. joe Says:

    The bb disproving the theory that weed kills your sperm 1 baby at a time #stonerfucks

  10. sumodie Says:

    A while back, there was a new FOB source for a 2000 Gorge show with a monster Sand.

    There was no 2000 Gorge show

    Gcub, you must mean the very first Phish Sand ever played at Gorge 99

    I think I recall Mr C raving about a FOB aud from that show, 9.11.99. I should have it…..

  11. thedayman Says:

    wow. totally wrong. that was a major defensive breakdown by the devils. wow.

  12. MiA Says:

    Crazy trippy kaleidoscope shit going on. Wow.

    Dude did this for trippers. Have to post this

  13. joemeg Says:

    @Gcub, I think Sumo is right. I tried to seed it here:

    But for some reason it says I only have 98.8%, missing part of d1tr1, the text file and the md5, but I’m not missing any of them.

    Maybe someone else can jump on and finish it off

  14. sumodie Says:

    joemeg, that’s the source I was thinking of but I have it in FLAC format. Not sure, but I vaguely recall Mr C providing a dl link for it. I don’t have a torrent link for it

  15. butter Says:

    wow, the ticker for Wooster is at one week

  16. butter Says:

    can i get my first ASIHTOS already?

    but i dont just want it for the cross off the list, i’m a greedy phish fan looking for a storaged out face melter

    hope ya’ll are well

  17. butter Says:

    bout to puff some girl scout cookie /spinnin SB ashitos

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    butter you gots mail

  19. robear Says:

    I love that jam, Butter.

  20. MiA Says:

    Try this

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    on the 3.0 hidden highlights @AJ – i loved the On Your Way Down from 8/6/11. Also the Bethel Bold as Love had some extra sauce.

  22. tela'smuff Says:

    alos @AJ. i’m sure you recall since you were there, but the Tahoe PYITE was above average.

  23. plord Says:

    Gorge On Your Way Down yes yes yes. About as hot as that tune gets.

  24. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Wow butter no Asihtos . Hope you get a game changer. What are your thoughts on gcs ? Seems like a lot of hype to live up to. The examples I have seen left me wondering what the big deal is . We shall see what the oompa Loompa d version comes out like before casting final judgement. I am getting buttered up this mornin 😉 Er afternoon.

  25. Slicksasquatch Says:

    ^^ couple days late lol

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